While pursuing an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2012, Anna Beeke began Sylania as a concentrated study of the ethereal woods of the Pacific Northwest that eventually led to a broader survey of forests across the country. 

While pursuing an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2012, Anna Beeke began Sylania as a concentrated study of the ethereal woods of the Pacific Northwest that eventually led to a broader survey of forests across the country. As the photographer explains, “Sylvania is a composite “forest-land” of photographs comprising scenes from various and sundry American woodlands. Through images of both real and depicted nature, Sylvania examines the differing characteristics of these woods while also seeking the Forest Universal rooted in them all, exploring the physical presence of the forest in the contemporary world as well as its metaphoric presence in our collective imagination.” Beeke was a receipt recipient of the PDN’s 30 and will publishing Sylania with Daylight Books this Fall.